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Double Peanut Butter Cake

My family loves peanut butter cake, so I came up with a recipe that packs in as much peanut butter as possible. Easy to say, they can't get enough of it. —Marie Hoyer, Hodgenville, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a bowl, cream peanut butter, butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9 in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. For frosting, cream peanut butter and butter. Add sugar, milk and vanilla; mix until smooth. Frost cake.

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  • kelly15972
    Nov 10, 2014

    I am not sure what everyone did to have such a dense cake. Mine is in the oven now and has at least doubled already! So far it look like it is going to be a very light cake. I have doubled the cake part and made in 2 square pans. And made a single batch of frosting to split between them because we dont do much frosting. I will come back soon and add comments after my family has dessert tonight. I can say I took the time to sift the flour bakibg powder and salt befor adding it to the batter.

  • lovinlife56
    May 20, 2014

    Cake was very dry & course, however, frosting was excellent!

  • paradice95
    May 2, 2014

    this is very good my friends really enjoyed the flavor that it gave

  • csinthesun
    Feb 23, 2014

    I can't believe this recipe is a taste of home. This cake is horrible, it's so heavy I could use it as a door stop and the flavor... Pure flour. I couldn't figure out why we needed so much frosting for such a small cake. It's used to cover the flavor of the cake. VERY disappointed.

  • pnutbtrnut
    Jan 30, 2014

    Sadly disappointed...tasted like flour, maybe it was because I used whole wheat flour. I have made cookies with whole wheat flour and the cookies were great but this is my first whole wheat flour cake. Would not recommend using whole wheat flour in this recipe.

  • Eng61488
    Mar 31, 2013

    I am a peanut butter fanatic. When I saw this recipe my mouth started watering! Unfortunately, it came out like a thick, dry bar-cookie instead of a moist cake. I followed the recipe exactly as listed, and the taste was okay, but I was disappointed in the texture. We will probably not make this again.

  • pprinss
    Mar 21, 2013

    I used this recipe for wedding cupcakes (the groom is wild about peanut butter). I did not make the frosting. I used my own chocolate ganache frosting instead. The cake? Oh my goodness, it was so delicious. Dry? Not at all. The cupcakes turned out moist, light, with a very nice delicate crumb to them. Very nice rise to them. They are also very pretty little cakes, which is so important for a wedding cupcake display. This is one of the best cupcakes recipes I have used, and I will definitely keep it in my file of 'must have' recipes for my cupcake customers, or anyone else who is nuts over peanut butter, for that matter.

  • Amy A.
    Sep 5, 2012

    Sadly disappointed. I made this as a small birthday cake for my hubby and found it to be very dry. The cake was not very sweet at all and the icing was exceptionaly sweet. I had hoped it would have been close to tasting like a pb texas sheet cake but not even close.. oh well, not every recipe is perfect right?

  • jgarcialara
    Nov 6, 2011

    I made this recipe for the first time in 1999 and it has been one of my favorite recipe. I have taken it to work and they loved it even asked me for more and told me that I should market it and sell it at grocery stores. my kids and wife love it.

  • goodsweets4me1969
    Oct 29, 2011

    Wow, super simple and delicious. Made it exactly the way its written. Very good.